Q&A With BETWEEN Author Cyndi Tefft

We’re helping Cyndi Tefft a celebrate the release of her first novel, Between. You can check out our review HERE. (Definitely different, you don’t want to miss this one!!) She was gracious enough to answer a few questions to help us get to know her a little better. AND… if you leave a comment below (to say Hi, or ask her a question about herself or her fantastic new release) you could win a FREE AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF BETWEEN! (Trust me, you want this!)

When you write, do you prefer quiet, or do you listen to music? If you like music playing, what is your preferred genre? Do certain characters have their own personal “soundtrack”?

I listen to classical piano music while writing. Brian Crain is my favorite; I must have listened to his album 3,654,629 times (give or take)! I’ll also throw in some Scottish folk music to set the mood. Alasdair Fraser tops the list for his sheer artistry with a violin. Anything with lyrics is off-limits, though. I really like to sing so if there are words, I will find myself singing along and distracted
from writing!

Where do you write? In an office, at the dining room table, at a local coffeeshop? Do you prefer to write alone or with a group? If you write with a group, do you also read/critique each other’s work?

I usually write on my laptop, sitting on the couch in the living room (not the most ergonomically sound choice, I know!). Sometimes I write at work on my lunch break, but more often, I write in the evenings after the kiddos have gone to bed. Peace and
quiet is a must for me when I’m writing (since I am easily distracted), so I don’t think I’d be very successful at writing in a coffee shop. It’s certainly a more romantic image than me on the couch in my jammies, though! 🙂

How do you prepare for release day? Are you calm and focused, or do you get stressed? Do you like to make promotional appearances or stay at home to watch lists and numbers?

My marketing strategy is focused on book bloggers. I’ve spent the last six weeks compiling lists, contacting bloggers directly and preparing guest posts/interviews for the launch. I work full-time, so getting everything ready for the big day has been like a second job! I’m looking forward to things settling down so I can get to work on the sequel.

The good side of that frantic activity is that I don’t have as much time to stress out about what the response will be. I hope and pray that readers will enjoy the story, though I know it won’t resonate with everyone. I am planning to do a signing at a local book store, which should be both nerve-wracking and fun. 🙂

What was your favorite Halloween costume (or other costume party costume)?

When I was pregnant with my son, I dressed all in black and put a white felt “8” on my belly so that I looked like a Magic 8 Ball. It was comfy and everyone got the joke!

If you could go anywhere on vacation (and not interfere with your deadlines), where would you go, and what 3 items (besides food and clothes) would you bring with you?

I love to travel and there are a billion places I have yet to see, so this is a tough question! My husband and I are planning a trip to England next year. Since we went to France and Scotland in 2010, England was next on the (very long) list. We want to see all the touristy places in London, Bath and York, though we may plan to spend some time in Scotland again because I love it so much. I’d have to bring my camera, my laptop (for blogging about the trip) and cell phone (so the sitter could reach us if need be). Other than that, traveling light is the way to go!

What song best describes your life? If you can’t think of one, who would you want to write/perform a song just for you?

You know how your friends and family go, “Hey, it’s your song!” when it comes on the radio? Mine is Walking On Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves. I literally can’t keep from dancing and singing along when it’s playing. More than the words, it’s the tone of the song—bubbly, fun, goofy–that is so ME.

If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would be it and what would you do all day?

Oooh, dangerous question! I would love to spend the day with Aiden MacRae, but I don’t know how my husband would feel about that. *grin* I’d have him take me to Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland (his childhood home) and give me the grand tour, stopping here and there to tell me stories about his life while he lived there. I have been to the castle and it’s beautiful, but I’d love for Aiden to show me around and point out what’s different now than in 1719 before it was destroyed.

What world record would you love to set for the Guinness Book of World Records? (Remember, they take ALL KINDS of interesting talents into account. Some world records include *fastest 100m sprint, barefoot, on ice = 17.35 secs… *fastest pumpkin carving of a face = 24.03 secs… *longest distance pogo stick jumping = 23.11 miles)

I’d love to set the record for organizing the greatest gathering of men in kilts! You thought the Royal Wedding was well-attended? Ha! I’m envisioning a massive festival to put it to shame, all men decked out in kilts of every color and pattern. Now THAT
would be fun!! We could sell souvenirs and make the money back, methinks! Wooden-handled limited edition kilt lifter, anyone? hehehehe

If you could have one word removed from the English language, from all dictionaries and out of everyone’s vocabulary, what would it be, and why? If you could ADD one word, what would it be?

I read somewhere that the Native American Indians didn’t have a word for “weed” because every living thing had a place and a purpose, even dandelions. I really like that. For my word, I might select “loser” because you only really lose when you stop trying. Otherwise, you just haven’t won quite yet. 🙂

As for adding a word, my family and I have coined the term “foozle” which is a little fuzz or piece of cloth/lint/hair/etc that is out of place. My kids think it’s a real word, I think, since we use it so often at home!

What is one thing about you that your friends know and you would love your readers to know as well. Or… if you’re in a giving mood… what is one story that your friends LOVE to talk you into telling that you don’t generally volunteer?

I’m adventurous, so why not? I love to play ping pong and used to play every day at work on my lunch break. Some employees were making a video in the lunchroom one day (can’t remember why) and I was “warming up” for a game in the background, not realizing that the camera was capturing my focused-but-wildly-swinging arm movements. It turned out they showed that video at an all-employee meeting and the entire place started cracking up, watching me in the background instead of the people on screen. The CEO thought it was so funny, he had the tech guy show it again as soon as it finished, to keep the laughter going. I was purple-faced and staring at the floor, wishing it would open up and swallow me. Humiliated doesn’t begin to describe it. Let’s just hope that video doesn’t surface now! Hey, at least I won the ping pong game. 😛

**REMEMBER** Leave a comment below to welcome Cyndi, or to ask a question about her or Between… one random commenter will be chosen at midnight (eastern) to win an autographed, personalized copy of the book. Please remember to include your first name and email address in your comment so I can contact you if you win. Thanks!

**UPDATE**

Winner has been chosen!!! Congratulations to LYNSEY!!!

3 Comments

  1. Comment by Lynsey Newton:

    Hi Cyndi, looking forward to reading the book! Also YAY for coming to England!!! I really liked the part about Native American Indians not having a word for weed as I love finding out random facts like that. Makes me think that we need a Native American love story, wanna write it ? 😉

    Thanks for the interview and the contest 🙂

    Lynsey(AT)narrativelyspeaking(DOT)com

  2. Comment by Mary Preston:

    I dearly love a man in a kilt. I have seen some local weddings with the groom and some guests in kilts. Of course, they had a piper on bagpipes. You are new to me. From now on I will be looking out for you.

  3. Comment by Cyndi Tefft:

    Lynsey- I can’t wait for the England trip. There is so much I want to see! Oh yeah, and I love the accent. hehehe Maybe I should write a Native American romance, now that you mention it!

    Mary- Another kilt lover– a kindred spirit! I got to see a wedding at Edinburgh Castle with the groom in a kilt (piper and the whole bit). It was fantastic! Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

    Cyndi Tefft
    http://www.cynditefft.com

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